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The Board does not review cases that involve routine maintenance or replacement of any part of the property using the same design and materials as the original building. The Board also does not review cases in which buildings have been destroyed by fire or other disaster, as long as the reconstruction occurs within a year and is substantially similar to the original building in exterior design, type of use, and size.
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The Board reviews any alterations or repairs that are visible from a public way and that would result in an irreversible change in the design, materials, or outward appearance of the structure. It also reviews any changes in the general arrangement of the building’s features or its architectural details, such as the arrangement of windows or doors.
No. Property owners are not required to correct or remove alterations or construction done prior to the time their property was designated.
Before obtaining a building permit from the Building Division within the Community Development Department, you should contact the Staff of the Board (the Planning and Growth Management Department serves as the staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Board and can be reached at 321-567-3778) to determine if the proposed changes need to be reviewed by the Board.
If your alterations are not exempt, you must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness. You will be asked to discuss your plans with members of the Board at a monthly public meeting. (If you do not wish to appear at the public meeting, you may appoint someone, including your contractor or the Staff, to take your place.) If the Board finds the proposed changes compatible with the historic character of your property, it will issue a Certificate of Appropriateness. The Board may also issue a Certificate of Appropriateness on the condition that you modify your plans according to its recommendations, or a Certificate of Hardship in those rare instances where it is necessary.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is a permit issued by the Board that allows you to proceed with alterations to your property, and that you take to Building Division to receive a building permit.
It is best to contact the Staff of the Board as soon as you have an idea of what alterations you would like to make to the exterior of your property that are visible from a public way. The Staff is knowledgeable about historic properties, architecture and contractors experienced in working on older buildings, and can save you time and money achieving your goals.
Yes. The Board is comprised of knowledgeable people in many different fields. As such, they offer professional advice, practical information, and pertinent references about materials and techniques used in historic preservation and restoration. The Board’s Staff will also provide technical assistance, help you complete the permit application, answer questions, and direct you to valuable resources needed for work on your property. If your income level qualifies, you will also be eligible for one of the City’s housing improvement programs.
The Board will tell you at its meeting, as well as notify you in writing of the reasons for its decision, and will recommend how to modify the proposed changes. The Board will also identify sources of additional assistance and information to help you modify your plans appropriately. The Staff is also available for additional technical assistance and advice.
Yes. You may appeal to the Titusville City Council within 20 days after the Board has filed notice of its decision not to grant a Certificate of Appropriateness.
For more information, contact the City Council.
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